This is the third full length by Finland’s Kiila, and from the sound of it, this band has spent a lot of time in the woods crafting these intricately arranged songs. Each track is overflowing with loads of small production details which instantly please the ears with every listen. Definitely check this one out.
Their sound captures many of the best elements of much of the free folk and other improvisational folk-oriented forays of their homeland and crafts them into six finely tuned songs with a lot of fascinating arrangements which make great use of the eight piece ensemble of musicians. Imagine Avarus or Keijo making an album as hooky and accessible as Dungen, while maintaining their same sense of sonic experimentation to great success and you would have a pretty good approximation. Loads of toys, acoustic instruments, and trippy guitar sounds galore with vocals in Finnish all molded into one gloriously sweetly clattering mess of a sound rendered in glorious hi-fi. I can definitely see myself listening to this one quite a bit this fall.
This is one of the standout releases I have heard this year and my enjoyment of this album grows with each listen. Yet another reminder as to why Fonal is a label to pay attention to. 9/10 -- Kevin Richards (2 September, 2009)